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St James the Great (July 25) was beheaded on the orders of Herod Agrippa at about 44 AD

US deacon cured of spinal disorder after praying to Cardinal Newman will be personal guest of archbishop

Seventeenth Sunday of the Year: Gen 18:20-32; Col 2:12-14; Luke 11:1-13

Benedict XVI dons cap for relaxing rosary walk

Much of The Catholic Herald’s content – letters, reviews, news, extra comment and features – is not available online. This week, we reveal the letters written by Cardinal Newman to a young nun dying of tuberculosis; John Cornwell defends his latest book, Newman’s Unquiet Grave; and Conservative minister Greg Clark argues that it’s time for the Government to stop getting in the way. Plus, Stuart Reid discovers that Christopher Hitchens actually doesn’t mind people praying for him.

Bishops of the Philippines find novel way to teach faith

Anna Arco visits the thriving Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate in Cornwall who follow an arduous daily routine of work and prayer

L’Osservatore Romano praises film’s creative ambition

Scripture readings for the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Angelo Stagnaro arrives weary but elated at Santiago de Compostela after a mentally and physically taxing journey